Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier Review


Today we’re going to be taking a look at the Yakima JayLow J-Style Kayak Carrier, part number Y04073. The Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier is going to allow us to transport one or two kayaks on the roof of our vehicle safely. It uses a universal clamp, which is going to fit around most factory roof rack systems, including your round, square, arrow, elliptical.  We’ve got it around the Yakima round bars here today, using the included adapters. As you can see we got it around the Yakima round bars here today, using the included adapters As you can see, it provides a nice tight fit tIt features built-in ramps here on the front to make it easier for loading our kayak and, once we get up in there, we’ve got a nice padded base with grooves built in so our kayak doesn’t slide around. Here at the top of our JayLow mounts, are completely adjustable We’ve got it in the upright position for two kayaks.

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You’ve got one on this side and one on that side.  Completely adjustable; we can lean it back for a single kayak.  We can also fold it down for storage when not in use.  And for extra security, the Yakima JayLow offers a spot where you can put a lock core in.  It’s in the same spot on both JayLows. You can find those at their website at etrailer.com.

From the bottom of our mount almost to the top provides good cushion for out kayak, so it won’t slide around as well. Now I’ll go ahead and show you how to install it. So first thing we’ll do is grab our round bar adaptors, for our Yakima round bars here. We’ll open them up, put it around the bar; we’ll want to make sure the groove portion is facing up.  So let’s go ahead and grab another one and place that one around the bar as well.

So we’ll grab our JayLow…let’s go ahead and unlock it by pulling on this red handle here. We’ll raise it up and lock it back into place. Now the reason we want to do that is so that we free up our knobs here; we couldn’t spin them all the way with them laying down. So, let’s go ahead and place it over our adaptors. Now let’s go ahead an tighten these down. Now we don’t want to tighten them down just yet; just to where it slightly grabs the bar.

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